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Coffee and cancer risk; obesity, exercise and radiation-induced leukemia; does obesity in men raise vulnerability to colorectal cancer?

Meet the scientists who are exploring these and other important links between modifiable lifestyle factors, and cancer prevention and survivorship.

Michael De Lisio, Ph.D.

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine
The effects of obesity and exercise on radiation-induced leukemia

Dr. De Lisio will use a mouse model to study the late effects of cancer therapy, specifically, how obesity and exercise affect risk of radiation-induced leukemia. Growing numbers of long-term cancer survivors means that the late effects of therapy are a major health concern.

Angela Murphy, Ph.D.

University of South Carolina
Sex-specific differences in obesity enhanced colorectal cancer

Obesity in men is likely to make them vulnerable to colorectal cancer. Dr. Murphy’s team will use mouse studies to understand the mechanisms that drive the sex-specific differences in obesity-enhanced colorectal cancer.

The study results could provide key insights to help develop targeted treatments.

James Fleet, Ph.D.

Purdue University
Regulation of tumor cell evasion from immune surveillance by vitamin D

Immunotherapy is a huge advance in cancer treatment, yet many patients do not respond to this therapy. Dr. Fleet’s team hypothesizes that low vitamin D status may play a role.

This mouse study is an early test of a simple intervention that might improve the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy.

Jeanine Genkinger, Ph.D.

Columbia University
Weight Loss, Gain, and Cycling, Dietary and Lifestyle Patterns and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Genkinger will use data from the Pooling Project of Prospective Studies of Diet and Cancer to examine how weight loss, gain and cycling, and adherence to dietary and lifestyle patterns affects pancreatic cancer risk.

This study will advance knowledge about how these factors link to a highly fatal disease.

Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D.

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Association between lifestyle factors and tumor angiogenesis in prostate cancer

Researchers say finding ways to inhibit new blood vessels forming in tumors could help prevent prostate cancer from progressing. Dr. Giovannucci will examine dietary effects on blood vessels in prostate tumors.

This study could uncover diet strategies that help prevent prostate cancer from progressing.

Kathryn Wilson, Sc.D.

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Coffee intake and advanced prostate cancer: studying risk and mechanisms

Dr. Wilson and her team will combine data from 15 studies to examine coffee intake and risk of prostate cancer, including how coffee impacts prostate tissue.

Determining if and how coffee links to reduced prostate cancer risk may offer more information on preventing the disease.

Connie Rogers, Ph.D.

The Pennsylvania State University
Mechanisms underlying the protective effect of exercise on primary mammary tumor growth and metastases: Role of metabolic and immune-mediated processes

Dr. Rogers and her team hypothesize that mild dietary restriction and increased physical activity will have additive effects to prevent breast cancer.

Using an animal model, they will test how effective different doses of calorie reduction and exercise are, as well as look at what biological mechanisms may play a role.

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    Published on January 11, 2018

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